Mate Selection Preferences of Turkish University Students

Keklik I.

EGITIM ARASTIRMALARI-EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.11, no.44, pp.129-148, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 44
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.129-148
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Problem Statement: The selection of a marital partner has lifelong implications. Therefore, researchers from various cultures and disciplines have examined individuals' mate selection behaviours with respect to a rich variety of variables. Literature on mate selection, involves a host of factors, such as gender, religious belief, ethnicity, political orientation and level of education. However, only a few studies with Turkish samples have examined different aspects of mate selection. Political orientation and religious belief are sensitive issues in Turkey. Thus, there is a lack of empirical work on these issues by researchers in the field of psychological counseling and guidance. Individual views and preferences on marital partnership may be significantly influenced by either of these two factors. An examination of mate selection preferences within a Turkish sample will not only contribute to the growing national literature on mate selection, but provide substance for multicultural comparison, as well as insight for counseling practice.